Chalk it up to the good old quest for profitability. I guess torturing passengers, especially beefy ones, is a good way for airlines to make money.
|C'mon airlines! You can't squeeze big guys|
like this into seats with just barely enough
capacity for toddlers.
There's two reasons for the trend. More people can flt on a plane. More people, more tickets, more money.
Also, the airline is more likely to upsell you to more expensive seats that are roomier if they make you terribly, terribly uncomfortable first.
Torturing again: If they make your life as miserable as possible, you're more apt to pay money to feel better. Even if you can't really afford it.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article on the shrinking seats on airplanes:
"This doesn't sit well with many travelers, particularly those who are large or overweight. Arm rests and aisles are also getting slimmed ot wedge in the extra seat, meaning more elbows get bumped. And while seats are now being designed more ergonomically, with better cushions and head rests, the improvements don't stop people from rubbing shoulders."
Airlines are also saying if they ply passengers with snacks, movies, and other distractions, they won't really notice their discomfort.
My questions is where does it end? Will airlines put everybody in shrink wrap to make them smaller so they can fit more bodies on?
This kind of news about the already shoddy experience of flying makes me think of Star Trek. Can't we just teleport to wherever we want to go and leave the airlines out of it?
As long as the teleporting machine is large enough to accommodate a big guy